The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Enrico Padoan

Research Fellow

Enrico Padoan is a post-doc researcher in the Department of Social and Political Science at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence. He has recently obtained his PhD in Political Science from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His dissertation, which is currently under publishing process (“Anti-Neoliberal Populism in Comparative Perspective: The Latinamericanization of Southern Europe”, Routledge, 2020 forthcoming), is a comparative analysis of the emergence of different kinds of left-wing populisms in Latin America and Southern Europe in the aftermath of economic crises. He has published some advances of his dissertation in Quaderni di Scienza Politica and Partecipazione e Conflitto.

Research interests: social movements, populism, welfare policy, party organization, and populism and culture



Protest for a future: international report on #FridaysForFuture and the climate strike

Composition, mobilization and motives of the participants in Fridays For Future climate protests on 15 March 2019, in 13 European cities. A multi-country collaboration report, with contributions from COSMOS researchers Lorenzo Zamponi, Donatella della Porta, Martín Portos, Niccolò Bertuzzi and Daniela Chironi.


Call for papers: "The Nation and the Radical Left - Practices and Discourses of National Identity in Left-Wing Politics"

The call for papers is now open for a conference on national identities and left-wing politics.


Call for papers: “Class without consciousness” – The Politics of Fragmented Class Identities

The call for papers is now open for a two-day conference on class and identities at the Scuola Normale Superiore on 14-15 November 2019


Journal Article - 2019

From the Rainy Place to the Burnt Palace: How Social Movements Form their Political Strategies. The Case of the Six Federations of the Tropic of Cochabamba

Leonidas Oikonomakis
Exploring the case of the cocaleros of the Chapare, this article argues that more emphasis should be placed on mechanisms that are internal to the movements, such as: (a) the resonance of other political experiences at home and abroad, (b) internal struggles for ideological hegemony, and (c) the political formation of their grassroots.

Journal Article - 2019

The Modern Prince and the Sociological Imagination

Riccardo Emilio Chesta, Michael Burawoy
Michael Burawoy in Conversation with Riccardo Emilio Chesta